Friday, May 23, 2008

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end.
They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods wh ere his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see it in his mind 's e y e as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the w a ll .

She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.

'Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .'


Mike Golch said...

AMEN,Thank you for this lesson.

Denise said...

oh that is sooooooooooo true.. The word of God says that it is better to give than receive........ oh how so true....... You have a blessed weekend and be safe and enjoy the long weekend........


Denise said...

When we look through eyes of love and eyes of faith we will see that there is beauty all around us that we can only see when God give the vision.............

'Tart said...

Dear Mysti,
You are such an inspiration to me. And I noticed that you finished your '20 Wishes' and they are good ones! I hope that over time you can make them come true.

Thank you for your comments on my post 'one week off Lithium' reminding me again of baby steps. You are my voice of temperance, a steady friend, and I appreciate that so much!

I hope your Memorial Day weekend has been going well, and thank you for the reminder of what its about, above.

MYSTI said...

Yw mike :) Hugs and blessings sent your way.

Denise you are so very right on both comments. :) Hugs and blessings.

Tart I know that God is going to help me make true these wishes along with any other wishes i might have. I feel it in my soul. In Gods time they will happen.

Hugs to you and many blessings to you my friend.